J. Richard Barry of Meridian has been named chairperson for the Mississippi Board of Mental Health, and Robert Landrum of Ellisville was named vice chairperson.
Barry is a partner in the law firm of Hammock, Barry, Thaggard and May, LLP. He received his law degree from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Lauderdale County Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association.
Barry was appointed to the State Board of Mental Health by Gov. Haley Barbour in June 2005.
Landrum has served on the Board of Mental Health since 1994. He has also served on Ellisville State School Parent’s Association and the Mississippi Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. In 2005, he received the James “Jimmy” Stubbs Award, Commitment of Volunteer Service to Mississippians with Mental Retardation, Mental Illness, and Chemical Dependencies.